After the heavy downpour last Tuesday that has once again caused flooding and heavy traffic congestion in many parts of Metro Manila, Malacanang has stepped up and spoke to the media to address rising concerns.
“The current concern is really the traffic. We are looking into it and the floods. Once you see all these road improvement projects being finalized, you will see an improvement in the waterway system and hopefully these floods will be minimized,” said Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.
The government, including President Aquino, is keenly aware of what the people are going through and are currently studying the situation even as road improvements by the DPWH are ongoing.
“We are solving it now, so that in the future we will be able to minimize all these inconveniences to the public,” Lacierda added.
He pointed out that the MMDA and DPWH have been working hand in hand to find ways to fix the roads while trying to improve the traffic situation. But he cautioned that patience is needed as these road improvement projects will initially cause traffic congestion.
“I know it’s difficult. None of us are spared, even government employees, government officials are also go through the same difficulties. We all would like to have a solution to all these concerns,” said Lacierda.
Just last month, President Aquino was quoted saying "Maganda na siguro ang problema na binabanggit na ma-trapik sa EDSA, tama po yan, dahil marami ang nasa kalsada, buhay na buhay ang ating economiya kaysa naman walang trapik sa EDSAa dahil wala ng makabili ng gasolina na patakbuhin ang kanyang sasakyan (News about heavy traffic on EDSA is a good problem, because having many vehicles on the road is because the economy is doing well. Having no traffic on EDSA, on the other hand, people can't afford to buy fuel for their cars)."